Jaishankar further stated that the Indo-Pacific Ministerial in which he participated was the second such event….reports Asian Lite News
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday met the Prime Minister of Belgium, Alexander De Croo along with Minister of Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal and Union Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Electronics & Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar and discussed growing bilateral cooperation, including in trade and technology.
“Delighted to call on PM of Belgium @alexanderdecroo along with my colleagues – @PiyushGoyal & @Rajeev_GoI today. Conveyed personal greetings of PM @narendramodi. Discussed our growing bilateral cooperation, including in trade and technology. Also spoke about contemporary strategic concerns,” tweeted Jaishankar. He also shared his thoughts about visiting Sweden and engaging EU-Indo Pacific Ministerial.
“I visited Stockholm for a meeting of the European Union’s Indo-Pacific Ministerial Forum and also to mark the 75th year of diplomatic relations between India and Sweden. My talks with my Swedish counterpart Tobias Billstrom were extensive in terms of exploring, taking our bilateral cooperation to a higher level as also comprehensive in discussing the political and economic challenges in our respective regions and indeed for the global economy,” he said.
Speaking about the growing Indian community in Sweden, roughly around 60,000, Jaishankar said, “I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to them. Their contribution, their impact really on shaping the image of India and Sweden I think is very notable and I’m very confident that they will continue to be a bridge between the two countries.”
Jaishankar further stated that the Indo-Pacific Ministerial in which he participated was the second such event.
“The first one took place in France last year and this was an opportunity to engage with colleagues both from the European Union and the Indo-Pacific and in fact actually to encourage this larger regional, regional connect on issues of mutual interest for both of us,” he said.
Jaishankar delivered the keynote address at the forum and in his concluding session, he encouraged the European Union to take greater interest in the Indo-Pacific because what is happening there will be central to the direction of global politics and the international economy. (ANI)